City set to commemorate 9/11
Several events commemorating 9/11 will be held in Albuquerque on Friday.
Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chávez, the City Council and community leaders will commemorate the day with a special remembrance ceremony on Harry E. Kinney Civic Plaza, Third and Tijeras NW, at noon. The U.S. Naval Academy Band will perform from 11:30 a.m. to noon and again after the ceremony.
Sacred Heart Church, Fourth and Stover SW, will hold a rosary at 6 p.m. and a memorial Mass at 7 p.m. After the Mass, a commemorative march will go from the church to the National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 Fourth St. NW. The church used two beams from the collapsed World Trade Center when it rebuilt its bell tower in 2003. The church also will ring the bell at the times planes crashed on Sept. 11: 6:46 a.m., 7:03 a.m., 7:43 a.m. and 8:10 a.m.
The Albuquerque Fire Department will mark the anniversary of 9/11 by dispatching participating firefighters at 9:08 a.m. to climb the stairwells at the Bank of Albuquerque downtown in honor of firefighters who perished on 9/11. Department spokeswoman Melissa Romero said the climb will take firefighters, dressed in full rescue gear, 60 to 90 minutes to reach the top flooor.
Bernalillo County fire stations will have trucks parked outside with their emergency lights on at 8:28 a.m. while firefighters and paramedics stand in silence to mark the approximate time when the first firefighter died.
The National Hispanic Cultural Center will host a “Day of Remembrance” memorial ceremony. New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services Secretary John M. Garcia will give a welcome address at 7 p.m., followed by a reading of the names of New Mexico service members killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. A candlelight vigil will follow, along with the lighting of searchlight beams representing the World Trade Center towers. Music and a moment of silence will follow.